Huawei licenses small cell network software from UK firm

RanplanHuawei has signed a global license agreement with a UK-based company which creates design tools for in-building wireless networks.

Ranplan of Luton has software tools for planning and simulating small cell wireless networks. These combine 3D building modelling and a 3D ray-tracing propagation engine to predict user quality of experience for complex indoor and outdoor/indoor small cell and HetNet deployments.

Radio planning for outdoor/indoor environments also has to take into account issues such as interference with macro cells and support for multiple-system technologies.

The software can optimise the location of wireless access points, antenna type, power and channel assignment.

According to Graham Peel, CEO at Ranplan: “Huawei’s decision to standardise on iBuildNet reflects the exponential increase in demand for data services and the need for a new generation of tools that can speed up the design and reduce the cost of deploying ultra-dense outdoor/indoor wireless networks. Over 80% of traffic is currently consumed indoors, yet poor performance and user experience are often commonplace.”

Ranplan has offices in China and is expanding its presence in the US and EMEA markets.



Tags: Huawei, LTE, networks, telecoms

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